Rai-Ro adhesive wax is very hard, et it sticks to soft plastic very well. The adhesive wax is ideal for temporary bonds, it is the medium of choice for anyone interested in experimenting avec figurine poses before they are set avec superglue ou additional adhesive wax. There is no glue on the market today which actually fuzes two parts of a soft plastic figurine together. As a result, any bond using superglue, adhesive wax ou whatever else may be used to glue soft plastic parts, will be mechanically unsafe. If too much pressure is put on the joint, the attached part just snaps off. Expert modélistes pin replacement parts into place avec 0.6 mm pianowire, et secure the joint avec superglue. Rai-Ro adhesive wax is a suitable alternative, it secures the joint, it hardens more quickly, et fills small cracks at the same time. The adhesive wax does not leak out et spoil adjacent areas, like superglue often does.
Tools & Accessories
- Rai-Ro ZEP-70 Wachsspachtelgerät
- Rai-Ro Adhesive Wax (brown)
- 0.6 mm Pianowire
- Hylin Engraving Tool
- Soft Toothbrush
- Silicone Remover
The easiest et most useful conversion procedure is the swapping of heads, converting one troop type to another, which differed only in the headdress. Swapped heads need to be pinned to prevent them from snapping off later. Pianowire makes excellent pins, because it does not bend easily as it is pushed into the torso of the figurine. Another method is to actually drill the holes for the pin, et use short pieces of brass wire. Brass wire is soft, et it allows the head to be turned ou bent slightly even after the superglue has dried. It is generally a good idea to superglue the brass wire, but only very little superglue should be used. Once the superglue has dried, the gap between the head et the torso is filled avec adhesive wax. The wax may be sculpted avec the heated spatula, et any excess may be scraped off avec the modelling tool.
Arms et Legs
Arms should be pinned through the shoulder, using brass ou pianowire pins. It is best to drill the arm et the shoulder before inserting the pin. Superglue the pin into the body first, then superglue the arm on, et hold it in the proper position until the glue has dried. The gap between the arm et the body should be filled avec adhesive wax, which may be sculpted to hide the joint. Figurines couché may be put together using adhesive wax only, particularly if the figurines are based later, protecting them from damage. The adhesive wax is great for tacking limbs into place temporarily, reheating the joint to adjust the limb, et finally sealing the joint avec more wax. The adhesive wax stays tacky for a few seconds, et it is possible to snap off et adjust a limb during that time. The resulting joint will be very fragile, but it can be secured by applying more adhesive wax.
Small parts may be attached to a figurine by tacking them into place avec adhesive wax. Backpacks et large pouches may be pinned as well, but this is not strictly necessary. Adhesive wax holds these parts in place, et green wax fills any remaining gaps. Sometimes it will be necessary to reheat a joint et allow capillary action to pull the adhesive wax into the seam. Adhesive wax flows differently et it is harder than the grey modelling wax, it may even be sculpted carefully avec the heated spatula. Sometimes, this is the faster way to rebuild a shoulder ou neck, rather than reconstruct the area avec modelling wax et an engraving tool.
Another useful feature of adhesive wax is that it can be used to hold metal parts together while the superglue is drying. We tested this application on RalPartha Mech Warrior models avec great success. The arm et leg joints of the Mechs were covered avec superglue, held into position, et secured avec a drop of adhesive wax. After the superglue had set, the adhesive wax was reheated, et drawn into any remaining gaps between the limb et the body of the figurine. Pewter models can be very heavy, et they have a tendency to fall apart before the superglue has set fully. Adhesive wax is probably the safest et most convenient solution for this frustrating problem.
Rai-Ro brown wax is the adhesive of choice when metal parts need to be attached to plastic ou resin surfaces. When superglue is too difficult to control, et whenever delicate surface detail must be protected, adhesive wax is the right choice. Adhesive wax saves a lot of time in figurine conversion projects, because it sticks to any surface. Unlike superglue, adhesive wax does not require a smooth surface area to bond two parts, it simply fills the entire gap between the parts, et it stays there.
Plastic figurine conversion is a fiddly business, particularly at the smaller scales. The ideal adhesive for this kind of work provides the modéliste avec as much flexibility in drying time as possible. Superglue is inflexible: Sometimes is dries too slowly, another time it immediately bonds when it should not. Adhesive wax, used on its own ou in conjunction avec superglue, solves this problem wonderfully, it holds parts together instantly, et bonds them when they are exactly in the right position. That’s freedom of choice pour le modéliste.
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